Bruins ready to welcome new players at deadline

Bruins ready to welcome new players at deadline
March 4, 2014, 2:00 pm
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BOSTON -- The largely veteran group of Bruins players have been through it before. In years past, they have taken things in stride with the NHL trade deadline little more than 24 hours away.

They’ve all experienced the uncertainty that comes along with a professional hockey player, and realize it’s a part of the business. That goes for the coaches as well.

“I’ve had discussions with Peter Chiarelli,” said Claude Julien. “We’ve discussed the possibilities, and everything else. But I have got to be focused on getting our team ready to play, and that kind of stuff.”

Playmaking center David Krejci is happy his name is no longer front and center when it comes to wild trade rumors, and it won’t be as long as he lights up the scoreboard during the postseason.

But Krejci still admitted that there is a boost of energy that comes along with acquiring new players, and hearing the trade rumors when the hockey calendar hits March.

It’s hard to see the trade deadline rattling players after they proved they weren’t adversely affected by last year’s circus with the Jarome Iginla deal falling apart. They quickly adjusted to a larger-than-life legend like Jaromir Jagr taking his place in the B’s dressing room, and eventually worked the future Hall of Famer into the B’s way of doing things.

“I think the guys we got at the deadline, they bought in. I think for some guys it’s a little harder. Like [Jagr], it took him a little while to adjust,” said Krejci. “Even though he didn’t score a goal [in the playoffs], I thought he had some good things happening for him.

“Every time you get guys at the deadline, they buy in and it keeps things going. Obviously the new guys are trying to fit in and show that they can do their best, and that they belong on this team. We want to show them the right way to play our game, so it gives everybody a little extra motivation.”

Nobody inside the Bruins management team is expected anything remotely approaching the drama of last year’s trade deadline, and it's expected GM Peter Chiarelli wants to wrap things up on Tuesday well ahead of the 3 p.m. deadline on Wednesday.

Whether it’s a long-term defenseman like Christian Ehrhoff that will be with the Bruins this season and beyond, or a short-term rental like Dallas defenseman Stephane Robidas, Columbus defenseman Nikita Nikitin or sniper Marian Gaborik, Chiarelli won’t rest until he’s addressed Boston’s needs.

Bruins players have become accustomed to that, and are heartened by the fact they’ll be a better team when they suit up following Wednesday’s deadline.